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Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful recognizes environmental stewards

Jim Steele, right, the recipient of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s 2013 Environmental Legacy Award poses for a photo with the organization’s executive director Connie Wiggins, center, and its chairman, Bartow Morgan. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

Jim Steele, right, the recipient of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s 2013 Environmental Legacy Award poses for a photo with the organization’s executive director Connie Wiggins, center, and its chairman, Bartow Morgan. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

DULUTH — Jim Steele is a charter member of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, one of the last ones left, he said.

On Thursday evening, Steele was presented the Environmental Legacy Award during the organization’s 34th annual awards dinner.

“He has always been committed to conserving water and energy and doing his part to keep our air clean and our community beautiful,” Connie Wiggins, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s executive director, said while presenting the award.

Steele retired last year as chief operations officer for Gwinnett County Schools and remains committed to Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful and its mission to create a movement of individuals in and around Gwinnett who care about the environment and the community and are willing to work to improve the quality of life for all residents.

“I am honored,” Steele said of receiving the award. “This was a vision we’ve had and we’ve had our ups and downs as all organizations do, but we continue to go right on. The best friends I have in the world are here. The very best friends.”

Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful also recognized its Volunteer of the Year, Debbie Mason of the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association.

The following are also 2013 Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Environmental Consciousness and Stewardship honorees:

• Best green recycler — Supermercado Tapatio

• Best green partner — Waste Management

• Best green neighborhood — Beaver Hills Civic Association

• Best green industry — Rehrig Pacific

• Best green business — Allgood Pest Solutions

• Best green building — Annandale Transition House

• Best green government — Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office

• Best green youth group — Peachree Ridge High School Green Team

• Best green educator — Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Teacher Advisory Board Steering Committee

To learn more about Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, visit www.gwinnettcb.org.